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Department of Biomedical Informatics News and Stories


Research    Genetics

No Longer Useless: The Important Roles of ‘Junk DNA’

When geneticists started mapping the human genome, they were specifically interested in learning about genes and what they do. Everything else they deemed as “junk DNA.”

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date June 11, 2024
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Research    Genetics    Biomedical Informatics

Novel Software Combines Gene Activity and Tissue Location to Decode Disease Mechanisms

In disease research, it’s important to know gene expression and where in a tissue the expression is happening, but marrying the two sets of information can be challenging.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date June 03, 2024
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Research    Genetics

How a Discovery in Bacterial Proteins Helped Create a Novel Research App

Computational biologist Janani Ravi, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is looking deep into the functions of bacterial proteins and helping others do the same. 

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 29, 2024
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Research    Genetics    Awards    Announcements

Geneticist Katrina Claw Honored with Alan T. Waterman Award

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted Katrina Claw, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation’s highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers, for her contributions to science and dedication to diversity in the field.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 24, 2024
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Research    Cancer    Genetics    Data analysis

Could Creating a Genetic Risk Score Improve Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis?

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are hopeful new research could prevent up to 130,000 unneeded fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies of thyroid nodules and subsequent surgeries each year in the United States by better understanding the genetic risk associated with thyroid cancer.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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Research    DNA    Genetics

Archaic Human DNA Analysis Points to Modern Day Drug Metabolism

Studying the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans, two archaic species that lived 100,000 to 30,000 years ago, is helping genomics researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine develop a deeper understanding of pharmacogenes, which can explain how and why modern humans process substances like food, pollutants, and medications.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 23, 2024
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Research    DNA    Genetics

Why Do Zebrafish Make Model Organisms in Scientific Research?

At first glance, there don’t seem to be many similarities between humans and zebrafish, but the small freshwater minnows native to southeastern Asia have quickly become a favorite model organism in scientific research, allowing researchers to study human health, rare diseases, and treatment options.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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DNA    Genetics    Data analysis

What is Genomics?

Genes are at the center of nearly every human disease and symptom, and until the past few decades, medical researchers had a much narrower interpretation of the human body’s entire genetic makeup, also called the genome.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Research    Genetics

How Trustworthy is Your Dog’s DNA Test?

Lila is a registered purebred beagle, but depending on what company does her DNA testing, she might be part rottweiler, part American foxhound, or not a beagle at all.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 18, 2023
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Research    Advancement    Genetics

A Taste of the Future: CU Researcher Links Genetics with Dietary Intake

For geneticist Joanne Cole, PhD, food is life. Her love goes beyond trying a new recipe and seeking out new restaurants it’s also in her work in the University of Colorado Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), identifying the connection between genetics and nutrition.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 09, 2023
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Research    Diversity    Genetics

CU Researchers Weave Deeper Understanding of Diverse Ancestry and Gene Expression

Exploring diverse ancestry is a critical factor in furthering medical research.  

A new study published in Nature Genetics from researchers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in partnership with the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University, is the largest of its kind that focuses on ancestry correlations with biomedical traits and the first study to examine the role of genetic variants across diverse ancestries in regulating gene expression.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 25, 2023
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Department of Biomedical Informatics In the News


Multi-omics in nasal epithelium reveals three axes of dysregulation for asthma risk in the African Diaspora populations

news outletNature
Publish DateMay 29, 2024

Faculty from the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine investigate asthma multi-omics in populations that are historically under-represented in genomics research but bear a disproportionate burden of the disease and disease severity.

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NSF Awards 3 Rising Researchers with Alan T. Waterman Honor

news outletMirage News
Publish DateApril 25, 2024

The 2024 recipients: Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell, a biomedical engineer at Johns Hopkins University; Katrina G. Claw, a genetic scientist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Biomedical Informatics; and Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, an engineer working in robotics at Yale University, were recognized for their innovative approaches and leadership in their respective fields and for pushing the boundaries of science in truly novel ways.

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Understanding the genetics behind thyroid cancer to prevent unnecessary invasive treatments

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Through an R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Nikita Pozdeyev, MD, assistant professor of biomedical informatics, Chris Gignoux, PhD, professor of biomedical informatics, and Bryan Haugen, MD, professor of medicine and head of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, will study new strategies that could pave the way for personalized management of thyroid nodules, inform future mechanistic studies of thyroid cancer, and lead to a clinical trial of an ultrasound and genetic thyroid nodule classifier.

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New Phoenix Pediatric Sepsis Criteria by L. Schlapbach et al | OPENPediatrics

news outletOPENPediatrics
Publish DateMarch 29, 2024

In this World Shared Practice Forum Podcast, authors of the newly released publication, International Consensus Criteria for Pediatric Sepsis and Septic Shock, review their research and findings for treating and caring for children with sepsis and septic shock. The group, including DBMI professor Tell Bennett, MD, discuss how using the novel Phoenix Sepsis Score guided the development of this new globally applicable research model.

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